Beverly Malone, CEO for the National League for Nursing, is not only among the country’s most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nurse educator shortage and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality and culturally competent care to diverse patient populations. She is also the 2013 winner of the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award.
Malone, who also delivered the program’s keynote address, “Reconfiguring the Workforce to Transform the Nation’s Health System,” has served as CEO of the NLN since February 2007. Her tenure has been marked by a retooling of the league’s mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence, as well as an ongoing focus on advancing the nation’s health.
DSN’s Rob Eder with Beverly Malone, winner of the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA.
Under Malone’s guidance, the NLN has partnered with corporations, associations and foundations to advance the science of nursing education, increase diversity in nursing and nursing education, and advance excellence in care for seniors.
In 2010, she ranked No. 29 among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, and she has served on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
“Clearly, Dr. Malone is a tremendously accomplished person, and clearly she has contributed greatly to nursing work force development and education, which are both absolutely critical to solving this country’s healthcare challenges. So, I think it is very appropriate for her to receive this award,” said Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic.
Past winners of the CARE Lifetime Achievement Award include Loretta Ford, who helped revolutionize the nursing profession more than 40 years ago with her work in co-founding the nation’s first pediatric nurse practitioner program; Mona Counts, who opened one of the first all nurse practitioner practices in the United States; Shirley Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration; and Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care Health Systems.